PEADAR DONOHOE – Artistic Director & Performer
Dr. Peadar Donohoe is artistic director of Cyclone Rep, drama coach at Cork School of Music and has conducted a research PhD on the uses of Roleplay to prevent Bullying through Trinity College, Dublin. As Artistic Director and founder of Cyclone Repertory Company, Peadar is best known for his versions of Shakespeare’s plays entitled: “The Shakespeare Sessions” (Hamlet, Merchant of Venice, Romeo & Juliet and Macbeth) which are abridged versions of the originals which break the fourth wall, invite learner interaction, participation and discussion. He has directed and acted in numerous other works including Romeo and Juliet for Tantalus, Suicide Notes for the Cork Mental Health Foundation, The Merchant of Venice and Romeo and Juliet (Cyclone co-productions with the Cork Opera House, Lone Star (Cyclone), The Quest for the National Chamber Choir, Letter from Iraq (Tantalus), Marat/Sade (Dramask); Play the Piano Drunk (Cyclone/Medaza). Peadar has been an invited speaker at conferences, and has delivered lectures and workshops in academic and professional institutions. He has written plays and articles for journals including “Assessing Learner Modalities” (Goethe Institute), “The Bullying Prevention Pack” (An Leanbh Og) and “The Bullying Circle” (Cyclone). Currently, he has just written, directed and produced “The Bullying Prevention Session” which is a play, discussion, presentation and workshop that explores how the actions and perceptions of participant players can foster either a climate for bullying or promote an environment that prevents bullying.
MARCUS BALE – Company Manager & Performer
Marcus Bale trained in Buenos Aires for seven years in different Actors Studios. He also studied all over the world Improvisation, Clown, Circus, Mime, Physical, Mask and Anthropological Theatre. He has performed and directed in Ireland and abroad more than 50 plays ranging from Shakespeare to Clown, Commedia dell’Arte, Improvisation based-formats, Classics and much more. Since 2002 he has been giving workshops on Improvisation, Clowning, Commedia dell’ Arte, & the Techniques of Grotowski, LeCoq, Barba & Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed, always emphasising the physical aspect of theatre. He has taught in Ireland, Germany, Italy, Canada, UK & Argentina. In 2001 he co-founded Cyclone Comedy Improv Troupe & BYOB Theatre Company. In 2002 he was co-founder of the Snatch Comedy Improv Troupe with whom he still performs all over Ireland and abroad. He taught & directed “The Spirit of Sign”, Cork Deaf Community Drama group & is also guest teacher at the Theatre Courses in Kinsale College of Further Education, Coláiste an Chraoibhin, Fermoy & KCAT Drama Course in Callan, Kilkenny. He is regularly invited to teach drama in Germany, Italy and UK. He is the creator and editor of the Irish Bulletin for Actors & Actresses, a resource that provides information to actors and actresses all over the country about working possibilities, and has currently more than 2000 members. He is Company Manager and a founding member of Cyclone Rep Company as well as a performer. For Cyclone Rep, he co-directed all of The Shakespeare Sessions and also wrote the editions of “The Macbeth Session” and “The Othello Session”. He has also directed in 2014 (this time on his own) Cyclone Rep’s show “The King Lear Session”, using a good dose of Commedia dell’Arte and Clowning techniques in the process.
CATHERINE CROWLEY- Chief Sales Officer
Catherine is first and foremost a performer. She has always adored the dramatic arts. She holds an MA in film studies from UCC, a diploma in performance from Trinity Guildhall London and an associate diploma in teaching speech and drama from the Victoria College of Music. Catherine has featured in several award winning short films most recently ‘Partly Cloudy’ and ‘The Handsome Shadows’ part of Mark Cogan’s Home Trilogy. Her films have been shown internationally and have been screened on RTÉ.
Theatre credits include: Suicide Notes, Love is.. Shakespeare, Waiting for Lefty, Frisco 67, Disconnected, The Hairy Ape, Playwriting 101: The Rooftop Lesson, Romeo & Juliet to name a few. Catherine also enjoys voiceover and radio work. One project being Peace Camp, which was a series of installations of recorded love poems, played in tents on remote beaches in the UK directed by Fiona Shaw. By working with Cyclone Rep, Catherine is getting to experience another aspect of theatre by learning about sales and administration. This experience also brings together her commitment and passion for theatre and education.
Valdone Talutyte Masiene is from Lithuania originally. She moved to Cork ten years ago and completely fell in love with the city. Valdone has a BA diploma in Stage Directing and Public Events Management from Klaipeda University, Lithuania and a MA in Applied Theatre and Drama Studies from UCC, Cork. Valdone has a particular interest in educational aspects of the theatre. It offers enormous possibilities in the development of new talent, as well as encouraging confident, caring and clever young people. In this spirit, Valdone works actively with the Lithuanian school in Cork as a Drama teacher and events coordinator. Valdone believes that theatre has the ability to break stereotypes. Working with COPE foundation has shown her that everything in life is about a person’s abilities and not about their disabilities.
Valdone is delighted to be on board with Cyclone Rep Theatre-in-Education Company. Cyclone Rep combines two things Valdone loves: theatre and education.
LUKE BARRY – Performer
Luke Barry is an Actor from Cobh, Co. Cork. He completed a two year course in Theatre Performance and Classical Acting in Coláiste Stiofáin Naofa, and has since been acting full time.
Luke was previously seen in Snow White & The 7 Zombies, as County Paris in Corcadorca’s production of Romeo and Juliet, Mercutio in The Cork Shakespearean Company’s Romeo & Juliet, Butch Honeywell and St. Peter in The Last Days of Judas Iscariot(Cork Arts Theatre), King Henry, Bottom & Brutus in Shakespeare: “As We Like Him”, (Rory Gallagher Theatre), Joe Taylor in The Sunbeam Girls 2, (Cork Opera House), Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream(Cork Shakespearean Company), Ned Harris/Deadwood Dick, Deadwood Dick or The Game of Gold, (Half Moon Theatre), Eddie, All The Kings Women,(Cork arts Theatre), The Sailor, Blue Room, (Spring Shortz Festival). Last year Luke wrote a one man show based on the life of legendary boxer Jack Doyle, which premiered to a standing ovation at the Jack Doyle Centenary weekend in Cobh. Luke is also an avid writer, he is currently writing a number of pieces that he hopes will be ready for production in the coming year.
KIERAN O’LEARY – Performer
With over 40 productions under his belt, including, theatre, film, television and radio, Kieran has been involved with theatre companies in Cork city and county for over 20 years, including Cyclone Rep, Cork Rep Company, Tangled Stars, and many others. He is the current chairperson of The Cork Shakespearean Company, “The Loft”, where he has been a member for 20 years. He has produced, directed, and performed in many productions for The Loft, most recently as director of HAMLET, a sold-out production which ran in the Cork Arts Theatre during November, 2016. His most recent acting role was “Arthur” in Tangled Stars Theatre Company’s production of Ross Howard’s Arthur & Esther. He is also a two-time winner of the “Fiona Shaw Shakespeare Perpetual Cup” in the Feis Maitiu, Cork in 2010 and 2012. Although he has performed in a temporary capacity with Cyclone Rep in the past, he is delighted to now be a part of the full-time crew and looking forward to performing in many more shows around the country.
ANGELA NEWMAN – Performer
Angela Newman been performing since the age of 10 appearing in various pantomimes, variety shows, and musicals including the Irish premieres of ‘A Chorus Line’ and ‘Fame’ and touring to France with ‘Joseph and .. Dreamcoat’ before attending Stella Mann Performing Arts College in London to study Musical theatre. She then went on to perform with Montauk Theatre Productions for 2 summer seasons in NY, appearing in “Buffalo Bill’s wild west show”, “Indian Field” and “The Gospel according to Broadway”. During her time in Australia she played Nash in an all female version of Reservoir Dogs and appeared in numerous T.V. ads. She has a passion for music and spent 2 years singing at Bunratty and Dunguaire castles and playing multiple parts in the show “The literary Greats of Ireland”. Her television credits include Guest presenter on Sattitute and the RTE/BBC series Falling for a Dancer. Angela is also an experienced Voice Over artist and has voiced countless Adverts for 96fm over the past 5 years. Her greatest love is the stage and some of her favourite roles have been Gwendolyn in “The Importance of Being Earnest”, the 15 roles she played in The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon, Sr Leo in Nunsense, Tina Lawlor in the Good sisters and Pearl Mulcahy in The sunbeam Girls 2, a show that she co-wrote for Stage centre and the Cork Opera House. As well as working for Cyclone Rep Angela is the Artistic Director of Chattyboo Productions with whom she has toured with the T.I.E. shows, The tales of Fionn MacCumhaill, The Children Of Lir, Oisin and Tir na N’og and Cuculann the Brave as well performing in 6 adult pantos, her most recent role being Piggy Power in Little Red Raving Mad.
DAVID PEARE – Performer
David Peare is an Actor from Cork. He has most recently been seen in the 2014 production of “Tomato Ice Cream”, directed by Cal Duggan. On stage David has played the roles of Luka in “The Bear”, Larry in “Dinner at Larry’s”, The Dame in “Babes in The Wood”(Panto), Claudius in “Hamlet”, Robert in “Life in the Theatre”, Vermandero in “the Changeling” and Jimmy Farrell in “The Playboy of the Western World”, to name a few. David has also played Sebastian in “Murder at Ballinacurra”, a play that he Directed himself. On screen David has played the part of Des in the short film “Holding it Together”. He also played Finbarr, in the feature length film” Scrapbook”, and David in “The Kinsale Ghost story”, both Directed by Peter Maguire. David is currently touring as Lear in Cyclone Reps “The King Lear Session”.
LEAH WOOD – Performer
Anne is an actress from Dublin who trained under Sir Peter Hall at Kingston University, London. Credits include Beckett’s one woman play ‘Not I’ (Etcetera Theatre, London), ‘Nurse’ in ‘Romeo and Juliet’/’Horatio’ in ‘Hamlet’ (An Tain Arts Centre), ‘Maggie’ in ‘Spare Ribs’ (Cyprus tour), ‘Moreegan’ in ‘Setanta’ (Irish tour), ‘Elsa’ in ‘Spring Awakening’ (Edinburgh Fringe) and most recently ‘Vicky’ in ‘Billy’s Choice’ (Cork and Kerry tour). In 2010 Anne had the honour of performing for HRH Prince Edward at the centrepiece of the International Youth Arts Festival, ‘None But Friends’ in the Rose Theatre, London. Anne performs weekly with Laughter Lines Dublin and the Splendid Lunatics as an improviser.